The Sculpture Center/Late Fall Exhibitions
November 4 – December 17

Friday, November 4
5:30-8 PM Opening
6:15 PM The Artists and Architects Talk: Artists Barry Underwood, Steven Jones, and studioTECHNE Architects in the Euclid Avenue Gallery and Bay 3
7:00 PM The Synapse Group Talk in the Main Gallery

Ground Water: Out of Sight/Site Out of Mind
Hosted by The Sculpture Center

University of Akron faculty members:

Matthw Kolodziej, painter
Peter Niewiarowski, biologist
Donna Webb, ceramic artist
Elisa Gargarella, art educator
Tom Xiao, computer scientist
Eunsu Kang, media artist

Invited participants

Eve Andrée Laramée, interdisciplinary artist
John Roloff, artist
Jean Marie Hartman, ecologist
Nancy Cohen, sculptor
Donald Craig, composer/programmer
Donald Paige, industrial designer
Kaylan Chakravarthy Thokala, programmer
Daniel Coffield, artist
Joe Czalkiewicz, artist
Erin Grace Greenwood, landscape architecture student

Ground Water: Out of Sight/Site Out of Mind examines the interconnectivity of water within the landscape through art objects, interactive displays and projection, and video. The mission of the group Synapse is to explore enlightened collaborations between art and science. This collaborative group at The University of Akron, involving artists and scientists, explores strategies for observing these invisible connections and for looking at water on a variety of scales. The collaborators come from the fields of biology, landscape design, environmental protection, art education, and studio art. They present the work as an open studio and laboratory demonstrating the possibilities of art and science dialogues.

Friday, December 9 @ 8 PM in the Main and Euclid Avenue Galleries
FiveOne Experimental Orchestra
The Slippery Nocturnal Purr
December 9, 2011
8 PM
Reception to follow in the exhibition Bay 3, with additional music in the exhibition Gentlemen of Oddity

[for exhibition Ground Water: Out of Sight / Site Out of Mind]
Brief Encounters by Steve Mark Kohn
SlipStream by Jeremy Allen
Roaring Fork by Eric Ewazen
Morningside Antiphonal by Paul Pinto

Public Panel - Ground Water: Out of Sight/Site Out of Mind
Nov. 19 @ 3 PM at The Sculpture Center

David Beach, director of Green City Blue Lake initiative at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, ecologist Jean Marie Hartman (Rutgers University), and University of Akron faculty artist Donna Webb and biologist Peter Niewiarowski will consider issues of water and the collaborative process of relating art and science disciplines.


November 4 – December 17

Friday, November 4
5:30-8 PM Opening
6:15 PM

The Artists and Architects Talk: Artists Barry Underwood, Steven Jones, and studioTECHNE Architects in the Euclid Avenue Gallery and Bay 3


Barry Underwood, winner of the 2011 Cleveland Arts Prize Mid-Career Award (Visual Arts), will create an installation in the Euclid Avenue Gallery, complemented by the work of sculptor Steven Jones of Baltimore, MD, in the adjacent The Platform. The artists have chosen a light hearted presentation of the challenging intellectuality that underlies their work, headlined with Gentlemen of Oddity/Look! See!/Marvel of Marvels.

Underwood, known for photographs of uncannily illuminated landscapes, describes this artistic output as installation or sculpture based, “documentations of dioramas and full-scale installations that are built in-site in the landscape.” For the first time, Underwood will create an installation that exists temporally and can be physically experienced beyond its photograph. Viewers will experience corporally what Underwood describes as the steps of “immersion, apparatus, and evidence. The exhibition will explore and make physically apparent the tensions between illusion and reality – potentially inherent qualities of every photograph and specific qualities that each of Underwood’s photographs cause the viewer to consider.

Jones’s recent sculpture, cast pieces of bronze or iron and other materials, also confronts reality, while being couched in a highly humorous and ironic affect. Jones writes, “My current body of work reflects on false memories of simple rural life as I live in urban areas, and a created history of myself identifying with chickens. I use whatever methods are necessary for the final narrative to happen, mostly cast metal, some glass, some fiberglass, some concrete.”

about the artists
Barry Underwood is Chair of Integrated Media Environment and Head of photography at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He received his Masters in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art.  He has been an artist in residence at the Banff Center for the Arts, in Canada, I-Park in East Haddam, Connecticut, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin Co., CA, and the Center for Land Use Interpretation in Wendover, Utah.  Articles on Underwood's work have appeared in the January '10 issue of Color Magazine, and in the London Times, Spectrum Magazine, The Shape of Things to Come: Images to Colour the New Decade, London, England, Photo+, Summer Nights, Seoul, Korea, Picnic Magazine, Tel Aviv, Israel, and in the Features Section What Makes My Life Simple of Real Simple Magazine.  His work has been presented in several international art fairs including Annual International Los Angeles Photographic Art Exposition, Photo Miami, Chicago NEXT, and Scope in Basel, Switzerland.  Recent exhibitions have included Earth Engines a two-person exhibition at Johansson Projects in Oakland, CA, Summer Nights, a solo exhibition at Skew Gallery in Calgary, Alberta, and Land of Magic, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA.  This summer Barry was awarded the Cleveland Arts Prize for Visual Arts Mid-career, Cleveland, OH. He also just completed a residency at The MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH.

Barry Underwood's photographs can be seen at the Akron Art Museum in SuperNatural: Landscapes by Bruce Checefsky and Barry Underwood (October 29, 2011 -March 4, 2012).

Steven Jones grew up in New Orleans, LA, in rural Mississippi, and along the river in southeast Louisiana. He has been in Maryland since 1995, and now lives in Baltimore and teaches at the University of Maryland, College Park. Earlier teaching has included Millsaps College and the Interlochen Center for the Arts, in the summers from 1997-2002. Underwood and Jones met at Interlochen. Jones designed and fabricated a cupola for casting iron at University of Maryland, College Park, and is a principal with Pat Burke of the bronze foundry Chester River Casting on the eastern shore of Maryland

Click here to read Kristin Baumlier's review of Barry Underwood's exhibition.

November 4 – December 17

Friday, November 4
5:30-8 PM Opening
6:15 PM

The Artists and Architects Talk: Artists Barry Underwood, Steven Jones, and studioTECHNE Architects in the Euclid Avenue Gallery and Bay 3


studioTECHNE| architects, Bay 3, 2011, installation. Image: studioTECHNE| architects

Architecture is a heightening of the awareness of one's relationship to and movement through space. studioTECHNE| architects' exhibition of ceiling installation and accompanying hanging displays is organized to emphasize the body's existence within architecture - making the mind aware of not only the architecture, but of one's self.

about the architects
studioTECHNE| was established in 1994.  Offices are located in University Circle at 12210 Euclid Avenue.  They are an architectural research, design, and planning firm dedicated to developing unique environments for their clients – environments which improve the clients' daily interactions and connectivity.

tékne - "the rational method followed in artistic making"

They are dedicated to the ideal that architecture is the transformation of an existing environment into a meaningful place.  Making a place meaningful requires good listening and responsive design and planning.  Making of place requires that the ideals and goals of the clients are reflected in the constructed environment and that this environment has integrity.  Environments made for their clients have many common characteristics: the site and building are in harmony, the chosen means and methods of construction are thoroughly researched and expertly detailed, and the interiors have a rational identity and a reassuring character.  These places balance the ideals of resource conservation, energy efficiency, and sustainability with the realities of performance criteria (durability), constructability, and budget.


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The Sculpture Center receives generous support from The Callahan Foundation, the Kulas Foundation, The John P. Murphy Foundation, the Bernice and David E. Davis Art Foundation, The George Gund Foundation, studioTECHNE|architects, the Leonard Krieger Fund of The Cleveland Foundation, Sculpture Center board members, and many individual donors to Friends of The Sculpture Center. Additional generous public funding comes from the citizens of Cuyahoga County and the state of Ohio through:

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